Skip to content

Health and Safety Information

Health and safety of students abroad are one of our top priorities. You can also read the health and safety advice provided to students in the current Study Abroad Handbook.


In the event of any emergency, the Center for International Education is in close contact with our partners abroad. Depending on the situation, our partners abroad will seek advice from local authorities and the U.S. Consulate or Embassy closest to the program. In case of an emergency situations, students should:
  1. First, inform the local program staff.
  2. Second, if during regular University office hours (7:45- am-4:30 pm, Monday-Friday), the Center for International Education. +1-715-836-4411.
  3. Third, if after regular University office hours, the UW-Eau Claire Campus Police +1-715-839-4972.  After hours contacts can be made to this number 24 hours a day. You may get an answering machine, however, an officer is alerted as soon as you have left a message. Be sure to leave a phone number you can be reached at and what type of assistance you require.  The officer will contact a study abroad staff member who will respond to  you.

Health and Safety Resources

  • US State Department:
    • The U.S. State Department "Student Abroad" site has information on health, emergencies, safe travel tips with special sections for women and LGBT travelers, and voting while abroad. You can stay connected to the U.S. State Department by signing up for their Facebook page and Twitter feed. Please note that the CIE will enrolls all students in the State Department "Smart Traveler Enrollment Program" (STEP).
    • State Department Travel Advisories 
  • SAFETI Clearing House: ?
    • The SAFETI (Safety Abroad First – Educational Travel Information) Clearinghouse Project creates and disseminates resources to support study abroad program development and implementation, emphasizing health and safety issues.
  • Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
    • The CDC has valuable information about health, safety, and vaccinations for international travelers.
  • Managing Stress and Enhancing Your Experience Abroad:
    • The University of Michigan has a great resource for students to help identify techniques to assist in overcoming loneliness, culture shock, group conflict and personal struggles that may arise when abroad. 

Safety Precautions

The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire does not operate programs in regions under U.S. State Department Travel Advisories in level 3 or 4 regions/countries. We discuss specific safety precautions students should take while abroad at orientation and in the Study Abroad Handbook. We also register all students with the U.S. Embassy in the country where they will be studying.

In addition, staff in the Center for International Education monitor a variety of health and safety email list serves and resources to stay informed on international issues and crises that might affect our students. Staff also participate in regular webinars or trainings relating to health and safety topics. All students are enrolled in CISI insurance, which include a security evacuation benefit.  

Health & Safety PowerPoints from Orientation

You can review the Health & Safety PowerPoints presented at Orientation: Health & Safety.pptx

UWEC Safety Resources

You can find information about UW-Eau Claire's campus safety information by clicking here.